FANDOM


The ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam is a Mobile Suit that first appeared in the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

Developed as part of ZAFT's Second Stage Series, the Gaia Gundam like most of the MS in the series can transform into a mobile armor (MA) mode which is specialized for combat in a certain terrain. In the Gaia's case it is focused on ground combat, and its MA mode resembles the four-legged TMF/A-802 BuCUE for easy and nimble movements on irregular or difficult ground surfaces. Combat wise, the Gaia Gundam is mainly focused on close combat, but it is also equipped with some range weaponry to engage enemies from a distance. The suit also has high mobility due to the presence of a pair of three-linked thrusters-mounted wings, which also improve its AMBAC in space. Its armament includes a beam rifle, a shield, a pair of beam sabers, several CIWS, a pair of beam assault cannons and a pair of wing-mounted beam blades, some of which are usable only in MS or MA mode. Despite Gaia Gundam's specialization in ground combat, it is still effective in space combat. In fact, the MA mode can be used in space if there is something for the suit to step on, mainly places with many large objects like asteroid belts, large space debris and even onto other mobile suits. Like the other suits in the Second Stage Series, Gaia Gundam is also equipped with a new form of phase shift armor known as Variable Phase Shift armor and is powered by a battery that can be recharged during battle using the Deuterion Beam Energy Transfer System.

Armaments

  • MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS
A pair of MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS guns are mounted in the Gaia's head, and they are mainly used to shoot down incoming missiles or for suppressive fire. They are usable only in MS mode.
  • MA-M941 "Vajra" Beam Saber
One of Gaia's two close combat beam weaponry, the pair of beam sabers are stored on the side armor and they are usable only in MS mode. The same model of beam saber is used by all beam saber equipped Second Stage Series MS.
  • MA-BAR71XE High-energy Beam Rifle
A custom beam rifle used by the Gaia. In MS mode, the beam rifle is handheld when in use and stored on the side skirt armor when not needed. In MA mode, it is mounted on the right shoulder and can be fired in that manner.
  • MMI-RS1 Mobile Shield
The main defensive equipment of the suit, it is anti-beam coated to protect against beam attacks. It is handheld when used in MS mode, and when in MA mode, it is mounted onto the abdominal region and protects the cockpit from attacks below.
  • MA-81R Beam Assault Cannon
Mounted in the backpack, the pair of beam assault cannons provide the Gaia with additional ranged beam weaponry and can be used in both MA and MS mode. The beam assault cannons are the same as that used by ZGMF-X24S Chaos Gundam's mobile weapon pods.
  • MMI-GAU1717 12.5mm CIWS
Four smaller caliber CIWS guns are mounted on the head of the MA mode, they are used to shoot down incoming missiles or for suppressive fire when the suit is in MA mode.
  • MR-Q17X "Griffon 2" Beam Blade
The Gaia's second close combat beam weaponry, and the only melee weapon available in its MA mode. A pair of beam blades are mounted on the wings and allow the suit to quickly charge at an enemy and slice through it when in MA mode.
  • 57mm High-energy Beam Rifle
The MBF-02 Strike Rouge's (Aile Strike Rouge in the original Anime, Strike Rouge Ootori in the HD remaster) beam rifle, it was given to the Gaia that was protecting the Eternal after it had lost its own rifle.

Special Equipment & Features

A new technology capable of recharging a mobile suit's battery through the use of a Deuterion Beam fired from a properly equipped battleship. However since the suits was stolen by the Earth Alliance forces the system has not been used.
  • Operating System
The Gaia uses the Generation Unrestricted Network Drive Assault Module like the other Second Stage Series suits.
Like the other Second Stage Series suits the Gaia has VPS armor, this technology is more energy efficient and capable of altering its strength, as well as color in the field, although this must be programmed beforehand. The change in color when the suit is used by Andrew Waltfeld is due to a change in VPS settings.

History

In late CE 73, ZAFT creates a new series of advanced prototype mobile suits known as the Second Stage Series to succeed their previous generation of Gundams, which were all lost in the previous war. Gaia Gundam is one such MS and was initially tested at Armory One by Riika Sheder, a defective Coordinator who could only see with artificial assistance. However, before ZAFT could bring it into active service, Stella Loussier of the Earth Alliance's 81st Independent Mobile Battalion (better known as Phantom Pain) stole the mobile suit and escaped with it to the battleship Girty Lue, where it was given the new model number RGX-03. The Girty Lue eventually fled from the colony while being pursued by the new ZAFT battleship Minerva. When reaching the Debris Belt, a battle broke out between the two ships, during which Stella sortied in the Gaia to fight against Shinn Asuka in his ZGMF-X56S Impulse and Lunamaria Hawke in her ZGMF-1000/A1 Gunner ZAKU Warrior. Some time later, Stella took part in the battle at the falling colony Junius Seven.

The Gaia was later transferred to Earth and operated from the carrier John Paul Jones. During its time on Earth, it again battled against the Minerva two times. During the second battle, Stella fought against Heine Westenfluss and his ZGMF-X2000 GOUF Ignited, whom she is able to defeat. Stella eventually launched a solo sortie against orders at the Lodonia laboratory facility. There, the Gaia was disabled by the ZGMF-X23S Saviour and Impulse, and Stella got captured. The Gaia was then recovered by the Minerva, and shipped back to PLANT after being repaired. Later in the war, the Gaia was somehow acquired by the Clyne Faction, and its color scheme was altered to a mainly orange and yellow scheme. The recolored Gaia was piloted by Andrew Waltfeld, who used the suit only once to defend the Eternal, when it is discovered by ZAFT.

Courtney Heironimus in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Astray revealed that Gaia was originally designed with a Core Splendor system similar to those on ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam but this idea was later scrapped. He also indicated that with further developments it could be possible to develop Silhouette Packs that would allow Impulse to have better performance in different environment. Jess then imagines about how ZGMF-X56S/ζ Gaia Impulse, ZGMF-X56S/δ Chaos Impulse Gundam and ZGMF-X56S/ε Abyss Impulse Gundam might look like.

Picture Gallery

Gunpla

Action Figures

Notes and Trivia

  • Gaia's head crest displays the text "X-88S OTTO", which means "Eight" in Italian and is a reference to the Gaia's series number.
  • In the serial number of Gaia Gundam, "ZGMF" means "Zero Gravity Maneuver Fighter", "X" means it is a prototype, the first 8 means it is one of the mobile units with 4 legs, the second 8 is it's series number, and the "S" represents "Second Stage".
  • According to the "Destiny IQ" section of the official Japanese Gundam SEED Destiny website, the Gaia that's in the hands of the Clyne Faction is indeed the original Gaia unit. Also, it was the only stolen Gundam that wasn't destroyed.
  • The recolored Gaia Gundam's orange-and-yellow color scheme resembles that of its pilot, Andrew Waltfeld's previous quadruped unit that he co-piloted in Gundam SEED, TMF/A-803 LaGOWE, which also uses orange and yellow as its main colors, although the orange scheme used in the Gaia Gundam is of a darker shade.

References


External links


Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Mechanics
edit
ZAFT
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMA-953 BABI | AMF-101 DINN | AMRF-101C AWACS DINN | TFA-4DE GAZuOOT | TMF/A-802 BuCUE | TMF/S-3 GINN OCHER Type | UEMF/S-1 GINN WASP Type Custom | UMF-4A GOOhN | UMF-5 ZnO | UMF/SSO-3 ASH | UTA/TE-6P Geo-GOOhN | ZGMF-515 CGUE | ZGMF-601R GuAIZ R | ZGMF-1000 ZAKU Warrior | ZGMF-1000/A1 Gunner ZAKU Warrior | ZGMF-1000/K Slash ZAKU Warrior | ZGMF-1000/M Blaze ZAKU Warrior | ZGMF-1001 ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1001/K Slash ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1001/M Blaze ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1017 GINN | ZGMF-1017 GINN Ceremonial Decoration Type | ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited | ZGMF-X23S Saviour Gundam | ZGMF-X24S Chaos Gundam | ZGMF-X31S Abyss Gundam | ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam | ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/β Sword Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/γ Blast Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam | ZGMF-X666S Legend Gundam

Land Battleship
Compton-class | Lesseps-class | Petrie-class
Ship / Submarine
Patrol Boat | Vosgulov-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
Agile | Guul | Gyro Heli | YFX-M56S Core Splendor
Transporter / Supply Ship
VoLPHAU | VTOL Craft | VTOL Transport
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Gondwana-class | Laurasia-class | LHM-BB01 Minerva | Nazca-class
Super Weapon
Mobile Space Fortress Messiah | Neutron Stampeder
Earth Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-01A1 Dagger | GAT-02L2 Dagger L | GAT-04 Windam | GAT-04+AQM/E-A4E1 Jet Windam | GAT-333 Raider Full Spec | GAT-707E Forbidden Vortex | GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam | RGX-01 Chaos Gundam | RGX-02 Abyss Gundam | RGX-03 Gaia Gundam
Mobile Armor
TS-MA4F Exus | TS-MB1B Euclid | YMAF-X6BD Zamza-Zah | YMAG-X7F Gells-Ghe

Land Vehicle
Linear Artillery | Linear Tank | Missile Truck | Radar Truck
Land Battleship
Hannibal-class
Ship / Submarine
Danilov-class | Spengler-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
F-7D Spearhead | VTOL Fighter
Transporter / Supply Ship
Transport Plane
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Agamemnon-class | Drake-class | Girty Lue-class | Nelson-class
Super Weapon
Requiem
Orb Union
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-M1 M1 Astray | MVF-M11C Murasame | MVF-M11C Murasame Reconnaissance Type | ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam

Ship
Aegis-class | Kuraomikami-class | Takemikazuchi | Transport Ship
Aircraft
Heli
Transporter / Supply Ship
Shuttle
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Izumo-class
Three Ships Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-02 Strike Rouge | MBF-02+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Rouge | MBF-02+EW454F Strike Rouge Ootori | MVF-M11C Murasame | ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam | ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam | ZGMF-X19A ∞ Justice Gundam | ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam | ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam | ZGMF-XX09T DOM Trooper

Aircraft / Spacecraft
FX-550 Skygrasper
Support Weapon
METEOR
Transporter / Supply Ship
Shuttle
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Archangel-class | FFMH-Y101 Eternal | Izumo-class | Laurasia-class | Nazca-class | Nelson-class
Terrorists / Civilians
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
ZGMF-1017M2 GINN High Maneuver Type II

Land Vehicle
Buggy
Aircraft
Press VTOL


Destiny Astray Mechanics
edit
Junk Guild / Civilians
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AMF-103A DINN RAVEN | MBF-P02 Gundam Astray Red Frame | MBF-P02 Astray Red Frame Mars Jacket | MWF-JG71 Raysta | YMF-X000A/H Dreadnought H | ZGMF-1001 Madigan's ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1001/AAL Madigan's Noctiluca ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1017 Works GINN | ZGMF-1017AS GINN Assault Type | ZGMF-X12 Gundam Astray Out Frame | ZGMF-X12A Testament Gundam | ZGMF-X12D Gundam Astray Out Frame D | ZGMF-X12D/θ Destiny Gundam Astray Out Frame D

Aircraft / Spacecraft
FX-550 Skygrasper
Transporter / Supply Ship
Cornelius-class
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Agamemnon-class | Nazca-class
Serpent Tail
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
MBF-P03secondG Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second G | MBF-P03secondL Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second L | ZGMF-1001 Elijah's ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1017 Elijah's GINN

Support Weapon
METEOR
United States of South America
Mobile Suit
GAT-01 Strike Dagger | GAT-01A1 Dagger | GAT-333 Raider Full Spec | GAT-X133 Sword Calamity | GAT-X255 Forbidden Blue
ZAFT
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
AME-WAC01 DINN Special Electronic Installation Type | AMF-101 DINN | UMF-4A GOOhN | YFX-200 CGUE DEEP Arms | ZGMF-600 GuAIZ | ZGMF-601R GuAIZ R | ZGMF-1000 Hospital ZAKU Warrior | ZGMF-1000 ZAKU Warrior | ZGMF-1001/K Slash ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1001/M Blaze ZAKU Phantom | ZGMF-1017 GINN | ZGMF-1017M GINN High Maneuver Type | ZGMF-X24S Chaos Gundam | ZGMF-X31S Abyss Gundam | ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/β Sword Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/γ Blast Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/θ Destiny Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/ε Abyss Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/δ Chaos Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X56S/ζ Gaia Impulse Gundam | ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam | ZGMF-X999A ZAKU Mass Production Trial Type
Mobile Armor
XMF-P192P Proto-Chaos

Aircraft / Spacecraft
Guul | VTOL Seaplane | YFX-M56 Core Splendor
Cruiser / Mother Ship
LHM-BB01 Minerva | Nazca-class
Earth Alliance
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-01 Strike Dagger | GAT-01A1 Dagger | GAT-01A1+AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Dagger | GAT-02L2 Dagger L | GAT-04+AQM/E-A4E1 Jet Windam | GAT-333 Raider Full Spec | GAT-706S Deep Forbidden | GAT-SO2R N Dagger N | GAT-X133 Sword Calamity | GAT-X255 Forbidden Blue | RGX-00 Testament Gundam | RGX-01 Chaos Gundam | RGX-02 Abyss Gundam | RGX-03 Gaia Gundam | RGX-04 Proto-Saviour | RGX-04+X11A Proto-Saviour+11
Mobile Armor
TS-MA4F Exus | TSX-MA717/ZD Pergrande | YMAG-X7F Gells-Ghe

Land Vehicle
Linear Artillery | Missile Truck
Ship / Submarine
Spengler-class
Aircraft / Spacecraft
AQM/E-X04 Gunbarrel Striker
Cruiser / Mother Ship
Agamemnon-class | Girty Lue-class
Orb Union
Mobile Weapon
Mobile Suit
GAT-X133 Sword Calamity | MBF-M1A M1A Astray | MBF-P01-Re2AMATU Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.